We had planned to play long run bowling from the Ireland tickets: Craig Ervine | We had planned to play long run bowling from the Ireland innings – Craig Ervine

Digital Desk, Hobart. Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine revealed he had planned to bowl after watching Ireland bowl in the first innings of their T20 World Cup Group B first round match at Bellerive Oval. They successfully defended 174/7.

As well as the extra bounce from the pitch on Monday, there was plenty of help for the fast bowlers, with Zimbabwe’s new ball pair Blessing Mujarbani and Richard Ngarwa taking four wickets each on the power play as Ireland were reduced to 22 /4 in the room above. However, Ireland were held to 143/9 in 20 overs as Zimbabwe won by 31 runs.

After the game, Erwin said, we made a plan to go bowling after seeing the Ireland tickets. Sometimes we think that Ireland bowled very little. Richard and Blaise bowled brilliantly. Ervine gave particular praise to the all-rounder Sikandar Raza as he scored 82 to help Zimbabwe to 174/7 in 20 overs.

He further said that he has been a great player for us in recent months. It’s exciting to see him continue in that form again under different circumstances. His form didn’t change even on rebounding shots, so he takes the credit for the win. Going into the 2016 season, Ervine was happy to come back from Zimbabwe’s T20 World Cup triumph, but he was a little upset that he hadn’t brought Ireland out completely, apart from the poor late-innings display.

(IANOS).

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